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Bill Gates Called Interested in Developing Vaccines with Bio Farma

 

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is said to be interested in collaborating with PT Bio Farma to develop an mRNA vaccine. This was stated by the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Erick Thohir, through his official Instagram account. According to Erick, the meeting with Bill Gates was conducted with the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday (1/11/2021).

In addition to discussing the issue of climate change, we also discussed the Gates Foundation's interest in collaborating with Bio Farma in the transfer of technology for the development of mRNA vaccines.

He also said that this was an acknowledgment of Bio Farma's capacity, which plays a major role in the production and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine, so that the national vaccination program runs smoothly. "I believe we will be able to encourage the development of biotechnology products in the country, so that Indonesia's health independence will soon be realized," concluded Erick. In line with Erick Thohir, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, said that Bill Gates was interested in investing in Indonesia in the vaccine sector.

For that information, PT Bio Farma (Persero) is the holding parent of pharmaceutical SOEs with subsidiaries including PT Kimia Farma Tbk (KAEF), PT Indofarma Tbk (INAF), and PT Phapros Tbk (PEHA).

This was conveyed in the Gavi Board meeting with the co-chairs of COVAX AMC EG during his visit to the 76th UN General Assembly in New York, United States at the end of September 2021. According to Retno, the mRNA vaccine manufacturing center that has been built in South Africa should be replicated in other regions to accelerate the increase in vaccine production.

Bill Gates Disburses Funds to Bio Farma to Make Polio Vaccine


Bio Farma received funding from a philanthropic organization owned by the founder of Microsoft and his wife, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funds amounting to 45.7 million or around Rp. 671 billion (the rupiah exchange rate at the time of writing) was used to develop the latest polio vaccine (nOPV). According to the Gates Foundation's official website, the funds will be used to expand production and charging capacity, to accelerate production of nOPV2. Later, the vaccine will be used after obtaining an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) permit from the World Health Organization (WHO).

This is not the first time Bill & Melinda Gates has entrusted the development of vaccines to Bio Farma. In 2019, Bio Farma was also involved in researching the production of the latest vaccine to prevent several diseases, such as polio. "Bio Farma has collaborated with BMGF since 2012 especially for technology transfer for future products, such as this novel OPV vaccine," explained Bio Farma President Director M Rahman Roestan, compiled by KompasTekno from the official Bio Farma website. In addition to the Bill Melinda Gates foundation and WHO, the institution involved in the research is PATH. Research on the latest generation of polio vaccine (nOPV), including vaccine technology development, clinical trials stages 1-3, to the production process. Also read: Virus Outbreak and 15 Predictions of Bill Gates That Become

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does have a major role in the development of global health. Indonesia will be one of the countries that often receive assistance from the organization. At the 2018 IMF-World Bank Group Annual Meeting, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would assist Bio Farma in developing vaccines so that vaccine development would not only be produced by Western countries. Indonesia is expected to play a role in world vaccine production. Bio Farma is expected to increase its market share with the new vaccine portfolio.

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